Recipe: Tomato Basil Flatbread


YIELDS | 1 Serving = 1 Meal, 1 Lean, 2 Greens, 2 1/2 Condiments and 1 Healthy Fat



INGREDIENTS

  • 2 oz Chicken, cooked and chopped
  • 1/2 cup Reduced Fat 2% Mozzarella Cheese
  • 1/2 cup Spinach, cooked, drained and chopped
  • 1 cup Any low carb vegetable
  • 1 Medifast Tomato Basil Bisque
  • 1/4 tsp. Baking Powder
  • 2 tsp. Water
  • 2 Light Garlic and Herb Cheese Wedges
  • 1 tsp Half and Half
  • 2 tbsp. Reduced Fat Parmesan, grated
  • 1/4 tsp. Molly McButter

DIRECTIONS

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • Spray a cookie sheet with Pam or use parchment paper.
  • Combine soup, baking powder, seasonings and water.
  • Spread the batter on prepared cookie sheet and form a circle.
  • Bake for 5 minutes and then flip using a spatula.
  • If you would like to add cheese, do it now after flipping.
  • Stick the bread back in the oven for 5 more minutes.
  • While flatbread is baking, prepare Alfredo sauce by combining all ingredients for the sauce in a small saucepan over medium low heat.
  • Bring to a boil and stir constantly until sauce is bubbly and thickened.
  • Remove from heat and stir in chicken.
  • Set aside.
  • Top the crust with cooked spinach, then spread.
  • Top with mozzarella or feta cheese.
  • Broil until cheese is melted.

Healthy Recipes for Memorial Day Weekend!

 

With Memorial Day fast approaching, it’s likely you and your friends are heating up the grill in anticipation of a weekend spent with family, friends and food. Your cookouts will have you and your friends ready to dive right into plenty of Memorial Day fare, and thanks to this roundup of delicious Medifast recipes, you don’t have to miss a beat! Whether it’s the main course on the grill or a tasty appetizer, your cookout contribution is sure to be a healthy hit!

FOR THE GRILL

If you find yourself in charge of the grill this Memorial Day, then these are the recipes you’re looking for!

SNACK AND APPETIZERS

If you’re looking for the perfect dish to set alongside the chips and salsa before the real meal gets started, look no further! These unique recipes keep the classic Memorial Day taste with a fresh twist.

  • Who doesn’t love nachos? Bell peppers keep them healthy and nutritious – and you still get to load them up with toppings.
  • You won’t need potato skins with these zucchini boats on hand! A light zucchini base and tasty toppings make for a great snack.
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BONUS

As a bonus recipe to really impress on Memorial Day, try our pizza mac n cheese!

Staying on Track During Memorial Day Weekend

 

No matter what your plans are this Memorial Day weekend, we have tips and tricks to help you stay on track!

Before the Holiday:

  • Be Prepared
    • Make a game plan & stick to it
      • Make time
      • Visualize success
      • Identify possible challenges:
        • What do you need to bring?
        • What will you be doing?
        • Who is going to be there?
  • Use a get-away as motivation to get/stay healthy

Road Trip:

  • Choose healthy convenience store snacks
    • High-protein, filling options
    • Pack Medifast bars
  • If Fast Food is a must
    • Research menus ahead of time online
    • Look for lean proteins, non-starchy vegetables, regular water, whole grains vs refined grains
    • Avoid:
      • Fried, golden, crispy foods
      • Creamy sauces, excess condiments
      • High sodium and High fat meats (bologna, pastrami, fried chicken, salami)

At the Cabin:

  • Activity
    • Shoot for 30 minutes a day (150 minutes weekly) of physical activity
      • Ask family members & friends to join in
      • Have fun!
    • Prevent mindless eating by staying busy
      • Bring your favorite book to read
      • Board games with the family

Hosting at Home:

  • Make healthier versions of your family favorites
  • Ask for (and accept) help
    • Get the family involved
    • Less stress and more time to enjoy the gathering
  • Send unhealthy leftovers home with guests
  • Have healthy snacks on hand

Camping:

  • Activity-centered fun:
    • Hiking
    • Exploring nature
    • Canoeing
  • Pack healthy, fueling meals & snacks
  • Remember food safety

Family Reunion:

  • Bring along a healthy dish
  • Eat before you go
  • Survey the table before you fill your plate
    • Be intentional with your choices
  • Eat slowly
  • Focus on family away from the table
  • Organize family activities

Summer Hydration:

  • Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day
  • Calories from food, not beverages
  • Limit alcohol consumption
    • Use calorie free mix
    • Light beer
    • Drink more water after because alcohol is dehydrating

Recipe: Cinnamon Pancake Buns


YIELDS: 1 Serving |  1 Medifast Meal, and 2 Condiments



INGREDIENTS

  • 1 Medifast Pancake Mix
  • 1 packet Splenda
  • 1/8 tsp. Baking Powder
  • 1/4 tsp. Cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp. Water
  • 1/4 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 5 sprays I Can't Believe It's Not Butter

DIRECTIONS

  1. Put all dry ingredients in a bowl and mix thoroughly.
  2. Put all wet ingredients is a small bowl and mix thoroughly.
  3. Spray a small microwavable bowl or mug with Pam and spoon the batter into the bowl/mug/dish,
  4. Dust the top with cinnamon.
  5. Pour wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.
  6. Mix until wet, being careful not to over-mix.
  7. Bake in microwave for 50-60 seconds.
  8. Pull out and spray the top with I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter spray.

Celebrate the Fishing Opener with Two Healthy Walleye Recipes!

 

In honor of the Fishing Opener on Mother’s Day weekend, our registered dietitians prepared two Walleye recipes that are both delicious and Medifast approved!

Broiled Walleye

Ingredients:

  • 2- 7 ounce walleye fillets
  • 1 ounce chopped walnuts
  • 1 tsp dried dill
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp Parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg for bath

Directions:

  1. Preheat broiler to high. Mix walnuts, spices and Parmesan cheese in a bowl. Scramble the egg in a separate bowl. Dunk fish fillets one at a time into egg bath. Transfer fish to walnut and spice mixture. Coat fillets evenly.  Place fish on a cookie sheet into oven about 6″ below the broiler. (I used the first level down from the top).
  2. Watch fish carefully. It will take between 5-7 minutes to cook fully.  When you notice the cheese starting to brown, check fish every 30 seconds to see if it’s done. Fish will flake easily with a fork when fully cooked.
  3. Turn broiler off and leave fish in oven about 5 minutes. (this is optional, but will ensure it’s cooked all the way and give you a chance to finish the rest of your preparation)

 

Almond Crusted Walleye

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20-25 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs. Palm-Size Fish Fillets
  • 1 c. Almond Meal
  • 1/2 tsp. Organic Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp. Organic Smoked Paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp. Celtic Sea Salt
  • 1 Large Egg

Directions:

  1. In a glass pie plate, mix together almond meal and spices.
  2. In a second glass pie plate, whisk egg.
  3. Rinse and pat dry fish fillets. Dredge through egg wash and then place in almond meal mix completely coating.
  4. Oven bake at 400°F in a glass baking dish for 20-25 minutes.

Recipe: Lemon Cheescake


YIELDS: 2 servings | 1 serving = 2 Medifast Meals, 3 Condiments, 1 Healthy Fat



INGREDIENTS

  • 2 Medifast Lemon Meringue Bars
  • 2 Medifast Vanilla Puddings
  • 4 tbsp. Reduced-Fat Cream Cheese
  • 2 tsp. Lemon Juice
  • 1 packet Splenda
  • I Can't Believe It's Not Butter Spray
  • Non-Stick Cooking Spray

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Put Lemon Meringue Bars into blender to crush into crumb-like bits.
  3. Spray a 6 inch pie pan with non-stick cooking spray/
  4. Press bar bits down into pie pan until solid.
  5. Spray with a few mists of I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter.
  6. Blend together the puddings, cream cheese, lemon juice, Splenda and vanilla extract until it is creamy, adding water if necessary.
  7. Pour mixture into pie pan.
  8. Bake until mixture is nearly solid, about 20 minutes.
  9. Chill overnight before serving.

Recipe: Haystacks


YIELDS: 1 Serving | 2 Medifast Meal, 1 Healthy Fat, 1 Condiment



INGREDIENTS

  • 1 Medifast Hot Coco or Brownie Mix
  • 1 Medifast Cinnamon Pretzel Sticks, crushed
  • 3 tbsp. Water
  • 1 tsp. Natural Peanut Butter
  • 1 packet Splenda

DIRECTIONS

  1. Crush the cinnamon pretzels into small pieces.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the hot coco or brownie mix with water to form a paste.
  3. Stir in 1 tsp of peanut butter and 1 packet of Splenda until well blended.
  4. Add the crushed pretzels to the mixture and stir making sure pretzels are evenly coated.
  5. Drop the haystacks on a plate or piece of foil making 6 piles.
  6. Freeze 30 minutes to 1 hour.

Recipe: Creamy Buffalo Chicken Bake


YIELDS: 2 Servings | 1 Serving: 1 Lean & Green, 2 Condiments, 1 Healthy Fat



INGREDIENTS

  • 14 oz. Raw, boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 oz. or 1/2 cup 2% reduced fat cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup Frank's Hot Wing Sauce
  • 1/4 cup Light ranch dressing
  • 2 tbsp. Reduced fat cream cheese
  • 6 servings Celery or your favorite veggies

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Bake chicken breasts for 30-35 minutes or until cooked.
  3. Remove chicken breasts from pan and chop the chicken into small pieces.
  4. Place chicken inside of a baking dish and set aside.
  5. In a small sauce pan, combine Frank’s Hot Wing Sauce, ranch dressing and cream cheese.
  6. Heat over medium high heat, stirring until cream cheese is completely melted.
  7. Once melted, our the sauce mixture over the chicken.
  8. Sprinkle with cheddar cheese and bake for an additional 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
  9. Serve 1-1/2 cups of celery or your favorite veggies.

What Changes Once You Reach Your Goal Weight?

Congratulations! You’ve reached your weight loss goal. As you may know, 95% of people who lose weight end up gaining it back and we don’t want that to be you, so it’s time to maintain your new weight, appearance, energy, feelings of well-being and overall health!

So, what’s next?

Your calories and meal suggestions were created for your weight loss goals, but now that you are maintaining, some foods and portion sizes can be adjusted for this new phase! Also, the transition from a weight loss phase to maintenance is very much about learning for yourself how to create healthy meals, portion sizes and habits!

How it works:

Once you reach your goal weight, you are ready for a transition phase. During this period, your Medifast consultant will make adjustments to your plan, add in new foods and continue to meet with you to assess your progress. During this transition you will also establish an understanding of portion control and how to fuel your body without overeating and gaining back weight.

At Medifast – we pride ourselves on our maintenance program! We love watching our clients lose the weight, but more than that, we love giving them the skills to keep it off for life! We promote long-term sustainable weight management, something you won’t find with yo-yo diets!

If you think the Medifast program might be right for you, schedule a FREE consultation by clicking the link below OR call 1-855-RESULTS to connected to a center near you!

Recipe: Strawberry Chocolate Cookies


YIELDS: 2 Servings | 1 Serving: 1 Medifast Meal, 1 Condiment



INGREDIENTS

  • 1 pkg. Medifast Strawberry Shake
  • 1 pkg. Medifast Brownie
  • 1 tsp. Baking powder
  • 2-3 oz. Water
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla or almond extract

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Mix all dry ingredients together.
  3. Slowly add water and vanilla or almond extract until dough is sticky.
  4. Drop 4 balls onto a silicone baking sheet or pan sprayed with non-stick spray on a cookie sheet.
  5. Bake for 6-8 minutes.